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5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant military history, 2 Feb. 2005
Superlative! I have never read better serious military history. Beautifully written with crystal clear analysis, I particularly enjoyed the chapters on trench warfare; the Anglo German naval war, America's involvement and how the economies influenced the outcome, for example the Ententes crucial development of shell production and the ultimately self defeating U-boat war. Interesting too is how people in the immediate aftermath perceived the war - very different from the "futile" verdict of later generations. I'm sure I'll re-read in the near future and take notes - the cherries are all there for the picking.
My favourite military authors John Keegan and Paddy Griffiths have some opposition now and I have some treats in store. Bring on "European Armies" and "Call to Arms"!!!!